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Off-duty Spokane Police Officer at right place at right time, arrests bank robber

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Suspected bank robber David Burns in court Thursday Suspected bank robber David Burns in court Thursday
SPD Officer Jim Christensen SPD Officer Jim Christensen
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police Officer Jim Christensen has been with the department for 15 years. On Wednesday, Christensen was driving home from his shift when the call came out that Washington Trust Bank on East Indiana Ave. was robbed. Christensen was a few blocks away and saw someone that matched the robber's description on a bike.

"We made eye contact. His eyes opened up really wide like I startled him. Turned around tried to stop him," said Christensen.

The suspected bank robber refused to stop so Christensen followed him in his patrol car.

"I was able to cut in front of him with my vehicle where he decided to run into the side of my car with his bicycle. He tried to run. I apprehended him as he tried to run, and took him into custody," said Christensen.

45-year-old David C. Burns appeared in court Thursday. He was charged with one count of first degree robbery and is being held on $50,000 bond. Burns is scheduled to be back in court April 7.

"It's just a nice feeling to be at the right place at the right time. You can catch the bad guy, that's what we're out here to do," said Christensen. "Put the bad guy in jail and make the community safer."

This isn't the first time Christensen has helped track down a bank robber.

"I was involved with the Roscoe Bandit robber where we tracked him through the skywalk video. I was the one that talked to the traffic enforcement officer and got the license plate of his vehicle and description. We passed that out he was eventually caught. He's been tied to numerous bank robberies," said Christensen.

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